Andy Johnston is the Acting Group Manager of Social Policy Group in the Australian Government’s National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA). Social Policy Group leads, influences and invests in social policies and programs that contribute to improved safety and wellbeing of First Nations Australians, including in education, health and wellbeing, family and community safety, and housing and infrastructure policy.
Andy has spent the last 15 years working in senior roles in the Australian Government, prior to which she held senior positions in the private sector. Since 2015, she has led work in Indigenous Affairs across economic, social, and regional strategic policy, including work on the Northern Australia development agenda and standing up Northern Territory Strategy and Policy Functions. Andy has experience and knowledge of impact of remote policy settings, with particular regard to considerations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
Andy has a PhD from Melbourne University in Trade Policy, and a Masters from the London School of Economics.